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MSNHideOptions.A

Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:MSNHideOptions.A
Technical name:W32/MSNHideOptions.A.worm
Threat level:Low
Type:Worm
Effects:  

It displays several messages when it is run and restarts the computer. It modifies the start page of Internet Explorer and disables several functions of the Start menu. It spreads via email and MSN Messenger.

Affected platforms:

Windows 2003/XP/2000/NT/ME/98/95

First detected on:June 5, 2007
Detection updated on:Sept. 21, 2007
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 

    

MSNHideOptions.A is a worm that modifies the start page of Internet Explorer and hides the icons of the Desktop and the clock from the notification area.

Additionally, it disables the following functions of the Start menu:

  • Find.
  • Run.
  • Turn off.
  • Log off.

MSNHideOptions.A spreads via email and the instant messaging program MSN Messenger.

Visible Symptoms 

    

MSNHideOptions.A is easy to recognize, as when it is run, the following messages are displayed:

Message displayed by MSNHideOptions.A

Message displayed by MSNHideOptions.A
This message warns users that the computer is going to be restarted with a countdown.

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